Roger Federer has beaten Marin Cilic to win a record eighth Wimbledon Men’s Singles title at the age of 35.
Appearing in his 11th Wimbledon final, the Swiss won in three straight sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in under two hours to take the championship for the first time since 2012, and 14 years since his first victory in 2003.
With eight Wimbledon wins, Federer moves ahead of Pete Sampras’ seven victories (1993-2000) and has now won a total of 19 Grand Slam trophies.
Just under a month before his 36th birthday, the champion becomes the oldest Men’s Singles winner at Wimbledon in the professional era – doing so without dropping a set throughout the entire tournament.
Federer dominated his opponent almost from start to finish, breaking Cilic in the fifth game of the opening set. The Croat had been tipped to cause his rival serious problems – but by the middle of the second set he appeared broken in spirit, sobbing in his chair as he summoned a physio to treat an apparent injury to his foot.
The 2014 US Open champion, playing his first final on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, managed to hold his serve at 3-5 in the third set but never posed a serious threat to Federer, who converted his second match point with an ace to clinch the title.
rogerfederer</a> now moves ahead of Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg to break the record of most men's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash">#Wimbledon</a> titles. <a href="https://t.co/XMqC3P1tEf">pic.twitter.com/XMqC3P1tEf</a></p>— SuperSport (SuperSportTV) July 16, 2017
Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon title https://t.co/qSpoO8JuU7— Reuters Sports (@ReutersSports) July 16, 2017